Living through books: The reading list

Because everything that is worthwhile can be quantified (ha), last year I set myself the target of reading 56 books before the end of 2016. Enough to challenge myself, but not so many to be impossible. But, inevitably, I kept choosing books that were less challenging and time-consuming, just so I could hit my target. …

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Running through books #2: Heat by Ranulph Fiennes

They say you should never meet your heroes. And in the case of me and Ranulph Fiennes, I think they would be probably correct. Intimidating doesn't cover it. This is the man who got a nasty case of frostbite while on expedition and, when he was in too much pain to wait out the required five …

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Running through books #1: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

As any runner will know, often non-runners just don't get it. "Why bother?", they say. "It's boring and painful. And it's bad for your knees." If this is the reaction of my friends to my running, imagine what they think when I say I love reading about running. And not just the ridiculous or inspirational stories of people staggering through the …

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